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This Happened

This Happened - April 20:  The School Shooting That Triggered A Plague

On this day in 1999, two students at Columbine High School in Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, carried out a mass shooting. They killed 12 students and one teacher, and injured 21 others before taking their own lives.

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What was the motive behind the Columbine High School shooting?

There is no clear motive for the massacre, but investigators believe that Harris and Klebold were motivated by a desire to commit mass murder and to gain notoriety. They had reportedly been planning the attack for months and had expressed a hatred for jocks and popular students, as well as a fascination with violence and weapons.

How did the Columbine High School massacre change school security?

The Columbine High School massacre was a turning point for school security. It led to an increase in security measures such as metal detectors, security cameras, and the presence of armed police officers on school grounds. It also prompted schools to develop emergency response plans and to conduct drills to prepare for potential violent incidents.

How did the Columbine High School massacre impact the debate over gun control in the U.S.?

The Columbine High School massacre reignited the debate over gun control in the United States. Supporters of gun control argued that the shooting was evidence of the need for stricter gun laws, while opponents argued that the shooting was not caused by guns, but by the perpetrators' mental health issues.

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Migrant Lives

Lampedusa, The Far Right's Favorite European Island

The European migrant crisis is once again making headlines, this time from the small island of Lampedusa, Italy. It exposes not only the far right's eagerness to exploit the issue of immigration, but also the delicate balance of power in electoral terms.

Photograph of migrants who have recently arrived to Lampedusa, standing in line as they wait to be transferred someplace else.

September 13, Lampedusa: Migrants arrive to the island await transferral.

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PARIS — Europe is facing a new test of its unity and strength. In recent years, it had to tackle challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This time, the test comes from the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.

This 20 square-kilometer island saw more migrants arrive last week than it has inhabitants, some 8500 people, largely from Tunisia, arriving on 200 boats. While this is a large number for the island to handle, it's s important to have perspective before using terms such as "invasion." We are far from the numbers seen in 2015 when one million migrants arrived, particularly from Syria.

The issue is humanitarian, but also, ultimately, political. It challenges the hard line on immigration of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and her coalition that spans from center-right to far-right allies. The arrival of migrants en masse serves as an ideal opportunity for political exploitation as the campaign for the European elections begins. It also disrupts the shaky migration policy of the European Union and the agreement narrowly reached in June.

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